NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport writes that the Browns will continue to start Brian Hoyer at quarterback as long as the team is in the playoff hunt. However, Cleveland faces a daunting task against the Colts today, and a loss would thrust head coach Mike Pettine right back into a quarterback quandary next week. If that happens, Rapoport believes that Pettine would ride with rookie Johnny Manziel.
As PFR’s Zach Links wrote a few days ago, ESPN’s Adam Schefter believes that Hoyer will leave Cleveland in the offseason, possibly to reunite with Bill O’Brien in Houston. Schefter reiterated that point (via Twitter) this morning, noting that if the Browns fail to make the playoffs this hear, Hoyer will not be re-signed.